This is just going to be a short post but I wanted to do this in honor of a lost classmate. Last week, a student at my school, Patrick Gorman, died of a heart attack. When he was born, he was not supposed to live. Patrick was deaf and grew up with heart problems. Unfortunately, I did not know him very well but when I talked to some friends of mine who did know him, they had nothing but wonderful things to say about him. He was an extremely talented artist and, according to a mutual friend, he wanted to go to Paris and paint after college. After looking at some of his work, he was definitely capable of accomplishing that dream. I attended a vigil at his house and his entire family was there to greet the crowd. When we got there, his mother started crying even more when she saw how many people had showed up on a freezing cold night to honor her disabled son. It was sad yet wonderful to hear people talk about Patrick because although his life had ended much to short, people's stories proved he had lived a full life in his 17 years.
I want to remember families like Gorman's during the holiday season. Christmas will not be the same for them ever again but it will be especially hard this year. It is so hard to lose a loved one and be grieving during this time of celebration. But we have to believe that God knows what he's doing and he will always do what is best for us. I know Patrick is in a better place right now and although it is sad that he is gone, it's comforting to know he is sitting with the Father.
Pray for the Gorman's and other families who are celebrating the holiday season without loved ones.